Jamie Whincup broke the Sandown lap record en route to the fastest time in qualifying

Jamie Whincup’s co-driver, Paul Dumbrell, will start from pole position for the co-driver-only sprint race that helps (in part) to determine the grid for Sunday’s Sandown 500 endurance race after the defending champion posted the fastest time in qualifying.

Fresh from posting the quickest time in the day’s earlier practice session, Whincup proved too strong for the rest of the field over the twenty-minute session.

His second flying lap proved good enough for provisional pole position, and despite being bumped from top spot by Will Davison, he returned to the top of the timesheets in the final sixty seconds.

His time of 1:08.6203 lowered the lap-record-breaking time he had set in practice earlier in the day, and came despite his being momentarily held up by Jason Bright as he exited the final corner.

Super rookie driver Chaz Mostert put in a superb lap time to bag the second-fastest time in his Dick Johnson Racing Ford, which he will hand over to co-driver Dale Wood for the opening twenty-lap sprint race.

Scott McLaughlin, Garth Tander, Craig Lowndes, Will Davison, David Reynolds, James Courtney, Tim Slade and Jason Bright rounded out the first five rows of the grid to be claimed by their respective co-drivers.

The session threw up a few surprise results, with one of the biggest disappointments being Mark Winterbottom, who managed just twelfth-fastest and will rely on co-driver Steve Richards to gain some positions in his stint in the car.

The afternoon will see two sixty-kilometre sprint races determine the final starting order for Sunday’s 161-lap major event race. The first will be tackled by the co-drivers to set the grid for the second ‘main driver’ race. The latter’s finishing order will make up the final grid for Sunday’s race.


2013 V8 Supercars Sandown 500 – Preliminary Qualifying Results:

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Jamie Whincup Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering 1:08.6203
2. Chaz Mostert Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.0908
3. Scott McLaughlin Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.2097
4. Garth Tander Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 0.2286
5. Craig Lowndes Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 0.2414
6. Will Davison Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 0.2658
7. David Reynolds Ford Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 0.2768
8. James Courtney Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 0.3247
9. Tim Slade AMG Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 0.3364
10. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 0.3492
11. Lee Holdsworth AMG IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 0.3533
12. Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 0.3684
13. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 0.4257
14. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 0.4438
15. Todd Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.5360
16. Shane van Gisbergen Holden VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports + 0.5802
17. Russell Ingall Holden SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR + 0.6013
18. David Wall Holden Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 0.6307
19. James Moffat Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.6574
20. Jonathon Webb Holden Darrell Lea Racing / Tekno Autosports + 0.7073
21. Dean Fiore Holden Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 0.7198
22. Maro Engel AMG SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 0.7226
23. Tim Blanchard Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 0.7335
24. Alex Davison Ford Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 0.7360
25. Michael Caruso Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.7775
26. Tony D’Alberto Holden Team HIFLEX / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 0.8409
27. Rick Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 0.8662
EXC. Scott Pye Holden EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Disallowed

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